Magpie Sketchbook: Collecting a Resource of Imagery
All levels | 58 min 56 sec
Magpie Sketchbook: Collecting a Resource of Imagery
Have you ever wondered how a professional artist begins a piece of work? For Rebecca Ringquist, expert visual artist and designer of Dropcloth Samplers, it begins in the sketchbook. Known for her samplers as well as her textured, stitched drawings on fabric, her sketchbooks serve as collecting tools - a place to write down ideas and gather pictures and patterns - as she nurtures the layers imagery to create abstract autobiographical artworks. In this class, Rebecca cracks open her sketchbooks to show us her process and walks us through three exercises to dive deep into thoughtfully layered and textured creativity.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Mixed media sketchbook, or found book - Rebecca uses Kunst & Papier Sketchbooks
  • Ephemera, such as stamps, collage pages from old books, magazines, maps, etc.
  • Fabric scraps
  • Glue stick
  • Paper scissors
  • India ink or acrylic inks
  • Gesso
  • Ink pens
  • Paint brushes in a variety of sizes
  • Drawing pencils, eraser, and pencil sharpener
  • Colored pencils
  • Prismacolor Art Stix
Learn how to:
  • Create background texture and negative space compositions
  • Use printed fabric swatches to create repeat patterns
  • Cut out shapes to spark new patterns
  • Put your sketchbook to work towards future projects

What you'll get:
  • Video lessons on how to develop a resource sketchbook
  • 6 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list 
  • Step-by-step expert instruction from artist Rebecca Ringquist
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
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Class Reviews
313 users recommended this class to a friend
Praveena Vasanthan
Very interesting and fun!
March 6
Faelan Maley
Really great ideas and demos to kickstart a sketchbook !
March 5, 2023
Darlene K Campbell
Amazing fun! I’m looking at sketchbook ing in a completely different way. Love the idea of using the book to explore and practice.
February 23, 2023